About the Charity 

Borders Pet Rescue is a small registered Scottish charity offering animal rescue, re-homing and the promotion of responsible pet ownership through education and training across the Scottish Borders and adjoining areas. Established in 1988, the Charity’s Rescue Centre is at Craigsford in Earlston. Each year more than 200 dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and exotics are re-homed. The charity relies entirely on fundraising, donations and significant funds generated by four Borders Pet Rescue Charity Shops located in Galashiels, Kelso, Duns and Hawick. Like all animal charities, BPR relies on the generosity of the animal loving public to support the work and could not survive without the dedication of the many friends and volunteers. 

About the Vacancies 

  1. Trustees 

We are seeking to recruit a number of individuals with experience across any of the following skills areas:  

  • Marketing/social media 
  • Retail management 
  • IT 
  • Property/asset management 
  • Animal welfare 
  • HR 

Applications from individuals with other relevant experience would also be welcome. 

Principal duties include: 

  • To attend bi-monthly (Jan/Mar/May/Jul/Sep/Nov) Board meetings held on a Monday evening via virtual and face-to-face meetings.  
  • Board members are expected to participate in the charities activities and are asked to attend and support the organisation’s volunteer and fundraising events. 

Time commitment: Approximately 2 days per month, including bi-monthly Trustee meetings (2-3 hours per meeting)  

2. Secretary to Board (Voluntary) 

We are also seeking an enthusiastic and experienced individual to undertake the specific duties of Secretary to Board to help strengthen our governance and effectiveness. 

The specific responsibilities of Secretary include: 

  • Undertaking secretarial duties in support of the BPR Chair and Trustees 
  • Liaising with the Chair and Board of Trustees to plan, arrange and produce agendas, supporting papers and minutes of Trustee meetings and AGMs 
  • Attendance at bi-monthly Trustee meetings held on a Monday evening via face-to-face and virtual meetings 
  • Ensuring that all meetings comply with the requirements of the governing documents 
  • Dealing with correspondence including with Companies House and OSCR and other relevant governance bodies 
  • Reviewing all BPR governance documentation in consultation with the Chair and Trustees 
  • Organising trustee induction and any ongoing training 
  • Managing the Company membership database 
  • Other duties as directed by the Chair. 

It is essential that Board members share a passion and commitment for animal welfare. Please note that these are voluntary roles, although reasonable expenses will be reimbursed/paid.

To apply, please download and complete the application form below, returning to secretary@borderspetrescue.org

Trustee Application Form for Consideration